The first week of school has been a whirlwind, such that it feels like it has included the work of two weeks at least.
I got back from South Africa last Monday. On Thursday, faculty meetings began. I was on weekend duty on Sunday and spent a fun but very tiring day in Adventure City with all the new international students. Two more days of meetings and frantically getting ready, and then the first day of classes was Wednesday. I taught six classes that day, which is going to be my exhausting reality every Tuesday for the next four months. (I'm teaching an overload while a colleague is on maternity leave.) Thursday was 12+ hours on a class retreat, and then today is a half-day all-school activity that's always lots of fun.
But today's activity was not to be for me. I was feeling seriously crapola by this morning, feverish and achy. I went to school like a good dooby, but when it came time for us to head out for the adventure, I bailed and came home.
I really think my problem was just good old exhaustion. I made myself a peanut butter sandwich and then went to bed and slept for over four hours. Then I ate dinner at 4:30 and am watching an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation before going back to bed with a book.
Fortunately, we have a three-day weekend ahead -- should be plenty of time to rest and recuperate, as well as reading my seniors' college essay drafts and my sophomores' summer reading assignments (submitted on Wednesday) and getting myself prepped and ready for the four-day week ahead.
All in all, I'm not sure I can recommend doing an international trip immediately before a new school year begins, especially when one is teaching an overload!